Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 21 August 2008 (qualification)
23 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 31 from 24 nations
Winning distance 2.05
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tia Hellebaut  Belgium
2nd, silver medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Chaunté Howard[1][2]  United States
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The women's high jump at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 21–23 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.[3]

Summary[edit]

The qualifying standards were 1.95 m (A standard) and 1.91 m (B standard).[4]

The field was narrowed to four athletes by 2.01m. Blanka Vlašić was in the driver's seat, with a perfect round. Vlašić remained in gold medal position by continuing her perfect round to 2.03m. Anna Chicherova moved into silver position with a first attempt clearance as well. Tia Hellebaut took two attempts to get over the height and was in bronze position. Yelena Slesarenko couldn't get over the height and finished in fourth. After Vlašić missed for the first time in the competition Hellebaut's fortunes reversed with a first attempt clearance of 2.05 m (6 ft 812 in), leapfrogging her into the lead. Vlašić cleared on her second attempt, while Chicherova ended her competition with three straight misses. The bar was moved up to an Olympic record 2.07m, just 2cm below the world record. Neither competitor could get over 2.07m.

Eight years after the competition, samples taken after the event were retested. Chicherova tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). The fourth- and fifth-place finishers, Yelena Slesarenko and Vita Palamar also tested positive in the 2016 re-tests. All three were disqualified from the Olympics, and their results were struck from the record.[5] Medals of other athletes have been reallocated by IAAF.[6]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Olympic record  Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.06 Athens, Greece 28 August 2004

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualification criteria: 1.96 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.93 Result Notes
1 B Marina Aitova  Kazakhstan o o o o 1.93 q
1 B Ruth Beitia  Spain o o o o 1.93 q
1 A Tia Hellebaut  Belgium - o o o 1.93 q
1 B Vita Styopina  Ukraine o o o o 1.93 q
5 B Antonietta Di Martino  Italy xo o o o 1.93 q
5 A Ariane Friedrich  Germany - o xo o 1.93 q
7 B Iva Straková  Czech Republic o o xxo o 1.93 q
8 B Chaunté Howard  United States o o o xo 1.93 q
8 A Svetlana Shkolina  Russia o o o xo 1.93 q
8 B Blanka Vlašić  Croatia o o o xo 1.93 q
11 B Emma Green  Sweden o o o xxo 1.93 q
12 A Romana Dubnová  Czech Republic o xo o xxo 1.93 q
13 A Doreen Amata  Nigeria o o o xxx 1.89
13 B Melanie Skotnik  France o o o xxx 1.89
15 A Svetlana Radzivil  Uzbekistan o xo o xxx 1.89
16 A Amy Acuff  United States o o xo xxx 1.89
16 B Nicole Forrester  Canada o o xo xxx 1.89
18 B Anna Iljustsenko  Estonia o xxo xo xxx 1.89
19 A Xingjuan Zheng  China xo o xxo xxx 1.89
20 A Karina Vnukova  Lithuania o o xxx 1.85
21 A Sharon Day  United States xo o xxx 1.85
22 A Antonia Stergiou  Greece xo o xxx 1.85
23 B Nadiya Dusanova  Uzbekistan xxo o xxx 1.85
24 B Levern Spencer  Saint Lucia - xo xxx 1.85
25 A Yekaterina Yevseyeva  Kazakhstan o xxo xxx 1.85
26 A Noeng-Ruthai Chaipech  Thailand o xxx 1.80
26 A Inna Gliznuta  Moldova o xxx 1.80
B Tatiana Efimenko  Kyrgyzstan xxx NM
B Romary Rifka  Mexico xxx NM
DQ (8th) A Vita Palamar  Ukraine - o o xo 1.93 q
DQ (12th) A Anna Chicherova  Russia o o xo xo 1.93 q
DQ (14th) B Yelena Slesarenko  Russia o o xo xxo 1.93 q

NM - No Mark

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality 1.85 1.89 1.93 1.96 1.99 2.01 2.03 2.05 2.07 Height Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Tia Hellebaut  Belgium o o o o xo xo xo o x-- 2.05 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia o o o o o o o xo xxx 2.05
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Chaunté Howard  United States o o xo xo xxo xxx 1.99 SB
4 Ariane Friedrich  Germany o - o o xxx 1.96
4 Ruth Beitia  Spain o o o o xxx 1.96
6 Emma Green  Sweden o o o xxo xxx 1.96 SB
7 Marina Aitova  Kazakhstan o o o xxx 1.93
7 Antonietta Di Martino  Italy o o o xxx 1.93
9 Iva Straková  Czech Republic o o xxo xxx 1.93
9 Vita Styopina  Ukraine o o xxo xxx 1.93
11 Svetlana Shkolina  Russia o xo xxo xxx 1.93
12 Romana Dubnová  Czech Republic o xo x- 1.89
DQ (3rd)[1] Anna Chicherova  Russia o o o xo xxo o o xxx 2.03
DQ (4th)[5] Yelena Slesarenko  Russia o o xo xo xo xo xxx 2.01
DQ (5th)[5] Vita Palamar  Ukraine o o o xo xo xx- x 1.99

NR = National Record / PB = Personal Best / SB = Season Best

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